SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Nine-year-old Chase Hansen, of Draper, is out to save the world! He was first inspired when he was just 4 years old at a comic convention and he’d ask what would a superhero do?
“Help the homeless,” said Chase Hansen.
Meet Chase Hansen. Part businessman. Part humanitarian and 4th grader obsessed with superheroes.
“My dad says you can only watch so many superhero movies. You know you need to do something good for the world.”
That something good was helping the homeless.
“I see these people, they look like they’re struggling and hurting inside. I’m like dad, how can we help these people? Instantly, I knew I needed to help these people.”
His drive to help humanity started years before, at the ripe old age of 4.
Chase and his dad opened up a business in Sandy called Kid Lab, where people would learn about how to make the world a better place, but Kid Lab shutdown after a volunteer stole their funds.
Chase decided he would go directly to the homeless, spending time or sharing a meal with them.
Chase’s dad says the homeless instantly were disarmed by his son. They quickly trusted him and opened up about their life.
“It’s all about love, empathy, socializing with people. That’s what they want, just a friend,” said Chase.
His efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, this week, awarded Chase with a service award.
“It was really amazing to get recognized for the five years of service. What drives me, I’m a good person and I want to help them move forward.”
In the search for a superhero, dad, doesn’t have to look far.
“I’m really, really proud. He’s so brave, so courageous, so heart driven. He sees how the world as it can be not what it is and I love that,” said John Hansen, Chase’s father.
Chase spends his days thinking about helping the homeless. He plans to tackle other big issues such as healthy eating and air quality.
Chase and his dad would like to reopen Kid Lab again in the future.